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Weapons seized in arrest of Fayetteville robbery suspect

Posted February 4, 2011 5:21 p.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2011 7:08 p.m. EST

— Police on Thursday made a second arrest in connection with the armed robbery of a Fayetteville jewelry store in December.

Members of the Fayetteville Violent Fugitive Task Force raided a home on Louise Circle in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood after receiving a tip that Chrishawn "Cub" Johnson was inside.

Johnson, 16, was among four men suspected of robbing the Gold Factory, at 5075 Morganton Road, on Dec. 23. The store's owner was shot and wounded during the robbery.

As officers entered the home, they saw two men run into the back of the house, police said. Johnson's aunt then confronted the officers and said that her nephew wasn't at the home.

Officers continued to check the house and found several people in the den, along with a cache of weapons, police said.

"Johnson was behind the door with a handgun in his hand in the process of busting out a sliding glass door," Police Chief Tom Bergamine said, adding that an officer was able to grab him and force him to drop the gun.

Johnson was charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony conspiracy, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police seized nine handguns in the house and charged Damon Johnson, 17, and Dion Johnson, 18, with possession of a stolen firearm and altering or removing the serial number of a firearm.

All three are related, police said, but it wasn't clear Friday whether they were brothers or cousins.

Bergamine said he was struck by a comment made by one of his officers.

"This is the most guns he's seen in 25 years taken out of a residence at one time," the chief said.

One of the guns was reported stolen from a home last week, police said, but it's unclear whether any was used in the Gold Factory robbery.

"You got guns that are easily accessible, and you got the wrong type of folks getting their hands on them – for instance, kids," Bergamine said.

Charles Boone III, 18, was arrested last Saturday and charged in the Gold Factory robbery. Police are still searching for two unidentified men in the case.

Anyone with information about the other two robbers is asked to call police at 910-433-1851 or Crime Stoppers at 910 483-TIPS (8477).